The last two weeks have been pretty easy when it comes to making dinner. At the beginning of last week, I cooked up enough food, so we would have plenty to eat the last two weeks. It has been very relaxing to not have to concern myself with cooking every night. And the temptation to go to to eat was minimal since we were at home anyway and no one really wanted to venture out of the house
We will go back to school and work on Tuesday, and I know without a doubt that the pressure to go out to eat will return. My daughter loves to go out to eat, and says when she grows up she is going to eat out everyday. I tell her she better win the lottery or have a job that pays well. Depending on the type of day I've had at work, I can also be easily persuaded to go out to eat.
Today I took an inventory of the food that I have on hand and made a menu based on those foods that will last us for a two week period. I won't have to go to the grocery store except for milk. Here is a list of the menus in no particular order:
Two Week Menu: January 1 through January 14, 2012
3. Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli
4. Tacos with all the Fixings
5. Salmon Patties, Green Beans with Onions, Mashed Potatoes
6. Baked Potato Bar, Steamed Broccoli
7. Grilled Chicken, Stir-fry Vegetables,
8. Chicken Enchiladas, Mexican Rice
10. Bean & Cheese Enchiladas, Mexican Rice
11. Veggie Burgers, Tator Tots, Stir-Fry Vegetables
12. Homemade Chili
13. Chili Tacos or Chili Mac
14. Macaroni & Cheese, Stir Fry Vegetables
Faithfully maintaining a two-week dinner menu is an easy way to keep your grocery bill under control. Menu planning will not only eliminate the last minute requests to eat out, but will also eliminate the need to run to the grocery store for last minute items. The best part of this plan is by eating the food you already have at home you will be freeing up cash for other areas in your budget.
© Belinda Richardson and Frugal Workshop, 2011.
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